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Re: Deb: Writing in the art room-art in the classroom?

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DWHEEL5645_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Oct 21 2000 - 21:29:44 PDT


In TX, and I don't know about any other state, you get a degree in art,
history,biology, english, etc. with elem. cert. and need no extra training to
teach art at the elementary level. Lots of people I knew in my art classes
were in art because they figured it was an easy degree to get. I have a BA
in art with elem. cert., all level art cert.,reading cert., sp. ed.cert, esl
cert. and secondary English...but, you can teach elem.art without a degree in
art - and no matter what your degree is in, in order to get elem. cert. you
take all the methods classes. I do realize it must be different in other
states, and no, it doesn't work that way with music.
For secondary, you have to have a primary and secondary teaching field - and
only about a third of the ed. classes, I'm glad I took the long winding road
to high school art, never intended to teach at this level - it prepared me
well for the DBAE emphasis on areas besides the studio areas - also, the
english background. However, I feel that anyone with a college degree should
be able to guide students to writing better in any curriculum area - there's
story starters, peer editing, etc. to help kids. I think we do them a
disservice by letting them think writing is a compartmentalized area. But
that's just me...and really, I am only knowledgeable about TX, so I'm talking
thru my hat, obviously, about the requirements of other states. In TX,
though, any elem. teacher can and should help teach writing fundamentals in
any subject, because we are trained to do it. Deb W. :-)